5 Winter Salads to Liven Up Your Diet

by Alex ThatcherJanuary 26, 2017

Add a Splash of Color to Your Winter Diet With a Salad

With winter’s chilly temperatures, it can be difficult to gravitate toward healthy food options when warm and hearty casseroles and meaty stews are on the brain. This winter, Homes.com is here to help you navigate the challenge of maintaining healthy cooking and eating habits.

We’ve done our research, and we’ve put together a list of five must-try winter salads that are packed with flavor and bursting with nutrients. Trust us, these leafy greens and colorful highlights will satiate your hunger — even on a cold winter’s day.

Citrus & Fennel Winter Salad

Ready to brighten up an overcast winter day? Spring for this citrus and fennel salad, a colorful antidote to gloomy weather. Gather Valencia oranges, sweet fennel, savoy cabbage, and grapefruit. Make sure you have liquids on hand, including fresh squeezed orange and lemon juices and olive oil. With a little prep vegetable prep and patience, you’ll have a satisfying winter salad complete with crunch and flavor.
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Winter Kale Salad

This winter kale salad will liven up your diet as a bright and filling lunch or light dinner. The ingredients may not be your conventional salad fixings, but the tart and creamy flavor of this winter salad is undeniably delicious. Start by gathering black kale, kumquats, pistachios, and ricotta salata – the ricotta adds just the right amount of creamy.

Next, assemble a house-made vinaigrette using pomegranate molasses, honey, lemon juice, olive oil, water, black pepper, and salt. Find full recipe details and step-by-step instructions for both the salads above from Alex Resnick, PICNIC LA’s Executive Chef.
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Bitter Greens With Almonds and Goat Cheese

Liven up your winter diet with this simple salad. Go back to basics by pairing bitter greens with almonds, a simple leaf and nut combination. Elevate this salad through added ingredients, including: shallots, raspberry vinegar, Belgian endives, and radicchio. Add life to your salad with a touch of apricot jam – creating an irresistible, sweet and tangy dressing for your bitter greens. Chef Melissa Rubel Jacobson recommends mixing the warm apricot jam with olive oil, vinegar and rosemary and thyme to create the perfect bite; catch the full recipe at Food and Wine.

Ready to add a little something extra? Try our suggested wine pairing: a peachy pinot blanc balances the dish perfectly.
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Butternut Squash Salad With Hazelnuts

Butternut squash is the perfect winter salad ingredient: it’s light, but it adds a warm and hearty component. For this winter salad, start with a bit of roasting. Roast the squash with olive oil, salt and pepper for 20 minutes, until tender. Likewise, toast the hazelnuts in a pie plate or flat dish for 6 minutes, until golden.

Other ingredients in this delicious winter salad include: frisée, prosciutto, chives, balsamic vinegar, and hazelnut oil. Once assembled, you’ll enjoy a lovely winter salad brimming with nutty hazelnut flavor! Find all the recipe details at the Food and Wine website.
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Spinach-and-Shrimp Salad With Chile Dressing

Delight your palate with this shockingly simple spinach and shrimp salad. Begin by tossing spinach, peas and tomatoes in a large bowl. Then move to a skillet, and cook onion in oil for 4 minutes. Add in chile, cumin, ginger, and turmeric and cook for an addition 2 minutes. Add seasoning and lemon juice, then complete the salad with shrimp, and a warm chile dressing. Discover the full winter spinach and shrimp salad details and you’ll never see salad the same way again!
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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.